I-1433 – Raise Up Washington
Northwest Council votes to support state
initiative on minimum-wage increase
Renton Council Rep Lori Bechtold knows why she’s voting yes on Washington’s Initiative (I) – 1433,
which calls for raising the state’s minimum
wage. She has two adult sons who are trying
to make ends meet with low-paying jobs.
If the initiative passes, the state’s minimum
wage would rise incrementally to $13.50 an
hour by 2020. It is currently $9.47 an hour or
$19,700 a year for someone working full-time
making minimum wage.
Her sons were not the only reason why she
spoke in favor of the initiative during debate
at the September Northwest Council meeting,
Questions and answers
(See more at www.raiseupwa.com)
Currently more than half of workers (53%)
earning less than $13.50 an hour are over the
age of 30 and 59% are working full time.
Impact to jobs?
The impact on jobs would be minimal based on
extensive evaluations of similar minimum wage
increases which show ‘no discernible impact.’
What’s the inflation rate?
Jessyn Farrell (D) - House: Pos 2
Yes. I voted yes on the tax preference and have
come to realize that the accountability measures
were not nearly strong enough. I have been a
leading voice in the legislature to strengthen
job requirements and implement a “clawback”
requirement for the jobs lost thus far.
Mark Hargrove (R) - House: Pos 1
As a 29 year Boeing employee, over a quarter
of the company’s history, I recognize that it is
nearly impossible to overstate how much Boeing
has meant to our state over the past century,
and how important it is to keep Boeing in
Washington State. I am more inclined to work
to make Washington State a better state in which
all businesses thrive, including Boeing. Then
Boeing would not be enticed to leave. They (we)
would not be the recipient of a special tax break,
but just one of the companies in Washington
State that thrive because of favorable tax policies.
Patty Kuderer (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes, I am a co-sponsor of Rep. June Robinson’s
bills to do that.
Michelle Darnell (L) - House: Pos 1
YES, there should have been some strings
attached to this tax break.
Sharon Wylie (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes, I do. I also would add “clawback” provisions for future tax preferences.
identity and economy. I am a strong believer that
we can both protect workers rights and ensure
that Washington remains a competitive place of
business for these employers.
Roger Goodman (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes, absolutely, as in other states there should
be specific employment levels required as a
condition for the granting of tax preferences
for the industry.
Ramiro Valderrama (R) - House: Pos 1
Gerry Pollet (D) - House: Pos 1
I stood up in the House Finance Committee
to bring stronger accountability standards to a
vote and to support them. Boeing agreed to the
massive tax exemptions with language saying
that the intent was to preserve and grow jobs – so
the argument that we are breaking our deal does
not wash. It is Boeing which has fundamentally
broken the deal with Washington. If we don’t
have job performance requirements tied to
Washington State’s tax incentive, then the
job requirements in South Carolina’s law will
trump ours and lead to further job losses here.
I continue to lead efforts to have requirements
for family wage jobs with benefits as a condition
for continuing any tax preference.
I am a leader in working to require that any corporation receiving tax breaks has to demonstrate
that they produce family wage jobs and increase
state revenues to keep their tax breaks – including
Boeing (Boeing easily meets the second part of
this test, unlike many of the corporate beneficiaries of other tax loopholes whose tax loophole is
nothing short of a giveaway of tax dollars without
creating either family wage jobs or improving
overall state and local revenues).
I have already sponsored and worked with
fellow legislators to develop bills to close tax
loopholes, and institute a tax on unearned
income / capital gains tax. I will continue
to work to pass the capital gains tax and
believe it is the best stepping stone for us
to diversify and improve the overall fairness of our tax structure by taxing income.
I am the prime sponsor of legislation to end
the tax loophole which allows corporations
to escape all B&O taxes on their investment
income. This would generate over $300 million a year – while encouraging investments
that create jobs on Main Street in Washington,
instead of rewarding investments in Wall Street.